Lenarduzzi, Collins to cover World Cup for CBC

Canadian soccer Hall of Fame member Bob Lenarduzzi and Scottish soccer legend John Collins will be helping to cover the 2010 World Cup for the CBC.

Canadian soccer Hall of Fame member Bob Lenarduzzi and Scottish soccer legend John Collins will be helping to cover the 2010 World Cup for the CBC.

Lenarduzzi was a member of Canada's 1984 Olympic and 1986 World Cup squads. From 1973 to 1987, the Vancouver Whitecaps legend played 47 times for his country. Lenarduzzi also coached Canada from 1993 to 1997. 

He will be joined in CBC's Toronto by John Collins. Collins played for Hibernian, Celtic, Monaco, Everton and Fulham over a 19-year career. He represented Scotland from 1988 to 1999, making 58 appearances and scoring 12 goals. Collins featured for Scotland in Euro '96 and in the 1998 World Cup. He famously scored against Brazil in the '98 World Cup.

The two former players will provide analysis and expertise that will buttress a broader team of journalists and commentators who will be reporting for CBC in South Africa and Canada.

Former Fox Soccer Report anchor and Major League Soccer reporter Mitch Peacock and Gemini Award-winner Scott Russell will host the coverage from Toronto.

CBC broadcasts will use the commentary from the International Feed, with veteran soccer broadcaster Nigel Reed and former Canadian national team captain Jason de Vos providing in-studio analysis.

De Vos played 12 years in Europe for Darlington, Dundee United, Wigan Athletic and Ipswich Town. From 1997 to 2004, he represented Canada, making 49 appearances and scoring four goals.

CBC Sports reporter Brenda Irving and CBC News journalist and internationally acclaimed author Kim Brunhuber will be reporting from South Africa daily. CBC Sports newcomer Saphia Khambalia will serve as host of CBCSports.ca's online coverage.

In addition to the daily broadcast and online coverage, CBCSports.ca/fifaworldcup will offer in-depth comment and analysis from a host of international soccer experts, including;

  • John Molinaro of CBCSports.ca.
  • Mark Gleason, commentator for Cape Town SuperSport.
  • Tim Vickery South American soccer writer and BBC broadcaster.
  • Sid Lowe, Madrid-based guardian.co.uk soccer commentator.
  • Raphael Honigstein, London-based soccer correspondent for Germany's Süddeutsche Zeitung newspaper.
  • Anjali Nayar, Canadian journalist based in Nairobi, Kenya, who is travelling across Africa.

CBC's coverage of the 2010 FIFA World Cup begins on Friday, June 11 at 8 a.m. ET.